Marvell Lahens; Designer; Maker; Dabbler; Tinkerer; Breaker-er of things;    Hit me up    Self™    Maison Ogé

“You’re invited”
A piece created for an upcoming gallery at the Elmhurst Museum and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House featuring the work of Norman Teague et. al.

"You're invited" explores the tension between the inaccessible pinnacle of design and its purveyors, and the utilitarian, often denigrated aesthetic that inhabits the halls and homes of Black America. In reappropriating one of the seminal contributions to modern design, “The Barcelona Chair” by Mies Van Der Rohe, “You’re invited” not only makes this contrast plain, but through it’s amalgamation of at times polar histories and aesthetics, offers a boundary crossing moment, pushing a representation of the Black aesthetic (though not at all monolithic) to the forefront, and demanding it’s acknowledgement within the walls of an ivory tower.

Steel, Polypropylene; 
29.5"w x 30"d x 30.25"h

Exhibition: “A Love Supreme”
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House @ Elmhurst Art Museum
Jan - April 2024

Furniture Design

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